The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Website Accessibility

As far as possible, we aim that the Website is:

  • technically accessible, in that it is possible for all users to access all information and functionality;
  • equally usable, in that it is not prohibitively difficult or time consuming for users with disabilities to carry out normal tasks;
  • capable of being adapted or configured by individual users to meet their specific needs and preferences;
  • capable of interfacing with appropriate, widely available assistive technologies employed by users.

All pages are designed to meet Level AA Success Criteria.

The Web site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS Level 2.1) for visual layout. This ensures that content is perfectly linearised and improves performance on a wide range of browsers and other user agents.

Pages are designed to validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.

Building Accessibility

The Royal Irish Academy aims to be accessible to all visitors, however due to the building’s status as a protected structure and our location we are limited in the alterations that can be made. If you have any queries regarding accessibility that are not addressed below, please contact the Access Officer at


  • The Royal Irish Academy does not have any on-site parking.
  • The nearest public car parks are the Molesworth Street Car Park, the Setanta Car Park, and the Drury Street Car Park.
  • The nearest on-street disabled car parking bays are on Molesworth St and St Stephen’s Green North

Building entrance

  • The main entrance to the building is up a flight of eight (8) granite steps, with a handrail on either side.
  • A ramp to the right of the front steps provides wheelchair access to the basement level of the building.

Facilities for wheelchair users

  • Access to the building is by the ramp to the right of the front steps, into the basement of the building.
  • From the basement, a cantilevered wheelchair lift provides access to the ground floor.
  • The wheelchair lift (Lehner Lifttechnik Delta model, installed 2020) is certified to carry up to 175kgs. Some motorised wheelchairs may exceed this weight. If your wheelchair exceeds the weight limit, please contact us to discuss alternative accommodation.
  • On the ground floor, all rooms are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Rooms, including some meeting rooms, located on upper floors are not accessible so if you are attending for a meeting, please check with the relevant staff member or Access Officer.
  • An accessible toilet is available at basement level.
  • Our basement front door and the wheelchair lift require staff assistance. Please contact us to arrange your visit and we will be happy to assist you.

Facilities for D/deaf or hard of hearing visitors

  • We are in the process of installing hearing loops. Please contact us for further information.

Access Officer

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) has an Access Officer in accordance with Section 26(2) of the Disability Act.

The Access Officer is responsible for providing, arranging or co-ordinating assistance to persons with disabilities who wish to access the services provided by RIA. The Access Officer also acts as a point of contact for persons with disabilities who wish to access such services.

Contact details:
Access Officer: TBC
Address: 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, D02 HH58  Telephone: (01) 609 0600  Email:

For further information regarding the Academy & its facilities please contact Hugh Shiels on 01-6090600 or email 
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